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Lamenting the death of our medical doctors

DECEMBER 1, 2014 By Regina Pratt

Generally, one would think that our medical doctors who test positive for the Ebola virus disease would be amongst the growing list of survivors. Sadly, that’s not the case. The vicious virus continues to snatch our medical doctors from us, and at a time we need them most, by sending them to early and untimely grave.

How we intend to stop these deaths, which have become a threat to the health sector in particular and the nation in general, still remains a mystery. This is worrisome because we don’t want a situation where doctors would say they are no longer working for fear of contracting the Ebola virus.

Frankly speaking, we must find a way to protect our doctors from dying as it was a shock to the nation when we heard the death of Dr. Martin Salia, who many Sierra Leoneans thought would survive the dreaded Ebola virus after he was flown to a specialist hospital in the United States of America.

Worrying still is that 24 hours after his death, another fatal blow hit the medical team when another doctor – Moses Morlai Kargbo – lost his life to the virus.

As if the shock and awe emanating from the long list of doctors’ casualty is not enough, two young doctors have again tested positive with the virus and are now battling for their lives at the Hastings treatment centre. I hope though that doctors Aiah Konoyima and Songu Mbriwa would both survive the virus. Amen.

Why are our doctors dying? Is it because they come face-to-face with the patients on a daily basis and are not properly protected? Where are the Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) that the government has spent millions of Leones to procure?

It is worrying to note that we are yet to have a survivor from amongst doctors and frontline workers that have contracted the Ebola virus, despite recording hundreds of survivors. It’s a pity! Our medical doctors must find new ways to protect themselves from contracting the deadly Ebola virus because once infected by the virus their chances of survival are infinitesimal.

As we continue to pray for the repose of the soul of our fallen doctors, help me pray for the recuperation of our two young doctors who are battling to defeat this Ebola scourge.